An easy way to remember basic formal dining etiquette
Everyone has to attend at least a few formal dinners. Whether they are large, high profile events, wedding breakfasts, or first dates, there's a lot of pressure to get things right. We all think we know how to eat, but when it comes to a formal occasion we could be getting it wrong! There are quite a few rules governing formal dining, and not knowing them can make you look a little silly. Imagine using the wrong cutlery, or embarrassing a waiter who thinks you have finished eating, while sitting on a table with lots of people you don't know. Luckily it's not that hard to learn the rules of formal dining. They are quite simple when you get down to it.
Most of the rules are just to make the whole thing run more smoothly. It makes sense to have different glasses for different wines, otherwise the flavors could get ruined. And those with a sophisticated palate will tell you that the shape of the glass enhances the flavor. Having different cutlery just ensures you have the easiest time eating each of your courses - imagine trying to cut meat with a dainty little fish knife, or salad with a big fork designed for your main course!
Don't see formal dining etiquette as a scary set of 'laws'. It is there to make dinner go smoothly. Take a few moments to learn how to dine the formal way and you'll be the perfect guest.